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Aegina Island

Only 20km away from Athens lies one of the most beautiful islands of Saronic archipelago. After a 40 minutes ride by fast ferry, you can step on Aegina island. It is perfect for a day-trip or weekend getaway destination from Athens. Once in the port, you will understand why Aegina Island is the pistachio island. The islanders use it for everything: simple pistachios, pistachios with salt or lemon, pistachios, pistachio ice cream, pistachios, caramelized pistachios, pistachios, pistachios and just about any other combination goes through your mind. The island is small and doesn’t have so many attractions but the real reason you should come here is for enjoying the view and the good food. The best way to explore the island is on foot, by bicycle or scooter. This is what we did as soon as we reached the island, but not before enjoying a perfect Frappe and the Greek…

Strolling across Comuna 13 in Medellin

Our next stop was the famous “Comuna 13” which had the most tumultuous history of the city, which was once known as the most dangerous community due to its huge homicide rates and forced displacement of thousands of residents. Comuna 13 is an over-populated and poor place situated on the west city hills. Houses are placed on top of the other like in a huge lego puzzle. This place was the center of paramilitary, guerrilla and gang activity because of its location that provided easy transportation of guns, drugs, and money. But today this place looks new as if it was reborn from its own ash. The neighborhood has embraced an era of freedom and hope! Nowadays residents aren’t afraid to leave their homes and their quality of life has increased.They started to express themselves through art like graffiti, street dance and music. Here I’ve seen the most beautiful graffiti ever. The walls became a canvas…

Following the footsteps of Notorious Drug Lord Pablo Escobar

Just before our departure to Colombia, we have read a top of the most dangerous countries on the globe and Colombia was number 1. “Ups! No way, the situation can be that bad” I said to myself. It is true that Colombia has been the playground of drun Lords for more than 50 years, but today it is a better country that attracts more and more tourists.  We spent a week in Colombia and we can say we never felt unsafe, in fact, some day we want to return to this place. Well, the reality is that after 50 years of internal conflict in which over 200,000 people died and over 4 million emigrated, things have improved. In 2016, President Juan Manuel Santos signed a peace treaty with the guerrilla group, the FARC, ending the longest conflict in the Americas. It is not all perfect, of course. Drugs are still…

The colorful streets of Cartagena

We reached the colonial city of Cartagena where the Latin spirit feels at home: colorful clothes, salsa, street dance, football and passionate people. Cartagena is famous for its culture, history and colourful colonial buildings and of course its fascinating history. From Santa Marta we took a bus that arrived in Cartagena late at night. From the bus station we caught a taxi to our hotel in Gistemaní neighborhood near the old town. That night we took part in a very interesting race on the crowded city streets. We thought that our drivers were a bite crazy but later on we realized that this was their way of driving and we were very happy to reach the hotel in one piece. At night, the town was alive, bars were full, and people were partying on the streets. We could tell that the city had its own energy. Our hotel was a very old…

Sleeping under the stars in the jungle of Tayrona National Park

After two weeks in Peru, we arrived at the Caribbean Sea in the North of Colombia. We were supposed to have a trilling get away in the jungle of Tayron National Park. A real paradise. The perfect combination of wild jungle and green palms that make the perfect background for the turquoise Caribbean water. Tayrona is surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the world’s highest mountains on the coast, with altitudes of up to 5,700 meters and it is one of those places where you can enjoy peace and nature. There are four things that make this place unique: It is huge. We are talking about 15,000 hectares of wildlife and Caribbean beaches. It had a unique environment of fauna and vegetation. Tayrona is home of hundreds of species of birds, mammals, plants, but at the same time hundreds of fish and coral species. It still has indigenous tribes. Traces of…

Traditional Food in Peru

Peruvian cuisine is famous all over the world and it is based on the inheritance of the Incas, but with a lot of Spanish, Italian and Japanese influences. The basic products are the potato, quinoa, corn and beans, sometimes combined with chicken, beef, lama or alpaca meat. Potatoes Peru has more than 5,000 types of potatoes, which first appeared in the high plateau of Lake Titicaca. Lomo saltado This is another Peruvian famous dish and one of our favorite. I think I ate Lomo Saltado every day during our tour across Peru. It is a stir-fry mix that combines beef and vegetables like onion, tomatoes, peppers and it is served with french fries and rice. Cheviche It is a dish that contains raw fish or seafood which are marinated in citrus juice. It is served cold with a mix of onions and corn. It is best to be eaten on…

Discovering Machu Picchu – The lost city of the Incas

When you think of Peru there is only one thing that comes to your mind – Machu Picchu After all, it is one of the most fascinating archeological sites on the planet. It is also a symbol of the power and ingenuity of the Inca people and a once in a lifetime place to see. We spent the night in the city below the mountain: Aguas Caliente and at about 4.00am we arrived at the queue at the bus station, in order to catch one of the first busses that go up to Machu Picchu. Immediately after us, the queue started to build. Anyway,  we got on the third bus and we arrived at Machu Picchu among the first people that came to see the sunrise here. In the first few hours, everything was covered in clouds and fog. We sat down at the perfect view spot and waited. At mid-morning things started to…

Inca trail to Machu Picchu – The ancient road of the Incas

The most popular and famous hike in South America – Inca Trail, passes by breathtaking archaeological sites, cuts through an exuberant sea of clouds and climbs steep passes to Machu Picchu. The Inca Trail is an amazing technical achievment, a network of over 22,000 km of road, as it stretches across an entire mountain, a tropical forest and some desert areas of the empire. Of course, there is a tiny fragment of the road that can be taken today. So today’s, if you want to hike the Inca trail you have the following options: Inca Trail 7 days (Salkantay) The trail starts at the sacred Salkantay mountain and joins the classical Inca Trail on the fourth day at Wayllabamba. This route involves some high passes, mountain sceneries of Runcuracay, Sayacmarca, Phuyupatamarca and Winay Wayna before arriving at Machu Picchu. Inca trail 5 days (Classical) This one follows the same route of…

Strolling in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

The Andean mountains and the valley surrounding the Urubamba River were once the epicenter of the Inca Empire because of the fertile land, perfect climate, natural resources and strategic position. It is one of the most stunning landscapes in the world and still maintaining its ancient characteristics, like the traditional clothes, spiritual ceremonies, language and the strong connection with Mother earth: “Pachamama”. Here is the place where you can find everything: from well preserved Inca ruins and agricultural terracing to authentic villages and cultural places. We booked a one day tour through the Sacred Valley with KB Peru.com. We chose the one full day transportation through Sacred Valley and they took us to Pisac Market, Pisac Ruins, Maras, Morai and Chincheros. Pisac Market So, we started our morning at a local ancient market: Pisac. The Pisac Market is one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. Especially the…

Having a homestay with the locals in Amantani on Lake Titicaca

Located on the border between Peru and Bolivia, Lake Titicaca is the world’s highest navigable lake and home to some amazing and beautiful places. Amantani Island is another place which preserves the traditions of the old empire. About 40 km away from Puno, on the Lake Titicaca, Amantani island is situated. It has two mountain peaks, Pachatata(“father earth”) and Pachamama (“mother earth”) and terraced hills, mostly worked by hand. The main activity of the people is farming potatoes. They have also a small textile industry, but not as developed as the other islands. In Amantani there is also a cooperative where some families subscribe and receive tourists at their home. With the help of www.titicacaperu.com, they started to hosted tourists and to show them their ways of life. The tourist schedule on Amantani happens on a rotational basis. Every week, a different community hosts tourists. Once in the program, each family is able to host…

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